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Development of a Virtual Grid Interface for Phev Integration Analysis

Title: Development of a Virtual Grid Interface for Phev Integration Analysis.
Name(s): Hacker, Brian, author
Edrington, Chris S., professor directing thesis
Foo, Simon Y., committee member
DeBrunner, Linda, committee member
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Recent increased popularity in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) has been influenced by their ability to relieve the economic dependence on oil, meanwhile reducing the carbon footprint through the decreased level of harmful emissions. However, PHEV popularity has not come without a cost. PHEVs main source of power are their internal energy storage systems which require energy from the grid through a form of charging station. This need to charge creates a power consumption dilemma on the ever-strained power system from population growth and the consumer use of power for current everyday technologies. To study the effects that the charging PHEVs will have on the system, two studies were performed within the scope of this thesis: a system study involving the IEEE 14-Bus and a subsystem study that will incorporate the development of a virtual grid interface. The system study populated the IEEE 14-Bus system with constant power loads to observe the additional power requirements on the supply generators when integrating PHEVs into the system in an incremental fashion. Also, charging method impacts were conducted by creating uncontrolled and controlled charging profile loadings with the PHEVs. The second study developed a laboratory environment with the intent of emulating a grid-connected charging PHEV, also known as a virtual grid interface. This grid interface will be tested to show proof of concept and then applied to a set of hardware to demonstrate the negative effects of uncontrolled front ends within charging station. Subsequently, the mitigation of the aforementioned negative effects will be illustrated through the employment of an active front end within the charging station. The conclusion provides an understanding for affects from charging PHEVs and the importance in developing controls within the charging stations in order to mitigate undesirable charging impacts. Additionally, the vast range of applications for which the developed virtual grid interface can be used for is discussed, along with some of the limitations and future works of the system.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4341 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: November 1, 2010.
Keywords: Power Converters, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, Switching Modulation
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Chris S. Edrington, Professor Directing Thesis; Simon Y. Foo, Committee Member; Linda DeBrunner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Computer engineering
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Host Institution: FSU

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